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Some Positive Foleo Comments
Last night's 1SRC Podcast #131 was fairly positive about the device, thinking it's got lots of potential. We've not done a great job of stressing the platform aspects of this, but I think a lot of the gaps in what we'll ship out the door initially will be filled both by our own updates and by our friends in the Palm and Linux developer communities.

There also were some articles talking about the Foleo experience that I found heartening. From David Beers Software Everywhere blog:
I was looking at the Flash demo and still scratching my head a bit before the webcast of Palm's new product announcement when my wife walked into the room. It took her about 15 seconds to figure out that the Foleo is the small personal computer she's been seeking for a few years now. She is not at all a gadget freak. In fact, it was only after I explained to her how the Foleo works that she finally relented and said she now wants a smartphone, too. Hey Palm! She's available if you need someone to do infomercials about this thing!

And from an article on TreoCentral about an interview with Jeff Hawkins:
In between interviews, as I waited for for my turn for a real hands-on, a funny thing happened. I found myself itching for a Foleo. I had an hour to kill and my standard MO is to just whip out my Treo and browse some web pages and write some email. But suddenly the screen seemed too small, the way that Pocket IE renders web pages too cumbersome. I could have brought out my laptop, but it's awfully big - I was sitting at the bar while I waited and pulling out a 15" Macbook Pro seemed a bit much. Somehow the Foleo had crept into my subconscious and was quietly whispering to me: "I'm exactly what you want right now."

Finally, ComputerWorld's mobile columnist also seems to understand what we're trying to do in his two-part blog entry (Part 1 and Part 2).
In the home market, the Foleo basically becomes a $500 computer. With the right applications, this can tap a market of people who just are not going to spend $1,000 for a laptop but who can see the advantage of having a computer that they can pack up and get out of the way when they want and carry wherever they want. It also is going to be lighter than most, if not all, laptops -- another advantage of not having a hard drive. And home users can rent their software and access it over the Internet through Web portals without installing and maintaining it on their mobile devices. This can be cheaper and easier, and it eliminates the problems of upgrades and of moving everything to a replacement computer when the old device finally dies.

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Need some beta testers? ;)

I'd love to sign people up, but it looks like our final beta is pretty full now... I'll be glad to give demos with my device sometime, though.

The thought that kept hitting me as I read all the reactions to the Folio is that what Palm really needs is someone like Mace or myself who can handle the community relations on a project like this to keep it from being misunderstood.


The developers will make or break this thing. You've got a lot of work ahead of you. Good luck - I'm cheering you on!

Re: What they need...

I'm personally hoping to be that person (or one of those people), but I need to get permission (or the forgiveness). Alas, we're in a weird time right now where I'm not allowed to comment on the specs or details of the device, and I'm not sure if that restriction will be lifted until we actually ship. However, I'm going to talk with my management soon, and if it goes well, I'd love to start a series of posts on the official Palm Blog about the ideas behind the device and its potential. As a Palm-controlled product, we really have the chance to try to be open and engaging in a way that we can't when we have to go through a wireless operator channel, and I hope we don't miss that opportunity.

Thanks for the suggestion!

No Youtube though? Surely a device these days has to do video... I'm sorely tempted, does look nice, but no video would likely be a killer for me.

Well, I can't promise anything, but we're certainly going to try to get something working soon after release. I think the real obstacle is finding versions of the Flash video codecs that are optimized for our CPU.

Ah, that would be very cool. Just seems to make sense as it's being aimed as a phone-companion and just about every phone does video these days.

May just have to pick one up when it's out :). Is it going to be US-only at first or will us Euros get our hooves on them soon too?

US will be initial launch, but we've been thinking about international markets, so I hope it won't be too long. Although, with the strong pound, importing is a viable option.

I am really excited for this device. The only obstacle for me is the price. I am hoping to save up enough cash for this baby when it comes out. Of course, as a married man, my wife always has input, and currently she is not on my side; I will have to do some more convincing. :-)

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